Bible Sunday 7/2: Family of Faith

Studying this morning's four readings from the St. James Daily Devotional Guide (click to subscribe), I examined myself with these questions. Where is your self-examination leading today?

Psalm 118:1-29. Verse 22, quoted by Jesus to show he is the cornerstone of all reality, is what makes the well-loved affirmations of verses 17 and 24 true. What's my cornerstone?

Leviticus 27:1-34. After a month in the ancient Jewish do's and don'ts of Leviticus, what's my takeaway as a modern Christian? What better than the timeless verse 19:2, "Ye shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy"?

Acts 8:14-25. Origin of what's called "simony," the grave sin of monetizing the gifts and goodness of God.  How am I susceptible to this?

Mark 3:31-35. If Jesus declared the family of faith to be even more important than our birth family, how can my church more truly be the family of faith? 

To go deeper, see interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.